• A new project with 73.9 MW capacity in Fukushima Prefecture of Japan has entered construction phase
  • JRE plans to deploy around 184,730 solar panels for the project that will be located on some 128-hectare of unused land
  • On completion in December 2021, it is expected to generate 79.7 million kWh of clean power annually which will be bought by Tohoku Electric Power

A 73.9 MW solar power project in Japan has entered construction phase with the Japan Renewable Energy Co., Ltd. (JRE) breaking ground on site in Shirakawa City, Fukushima Prefecture. The company claims this to be the largest solar power plant in Tohoku region.

Shirakawa Solar Park is expected to use close to 184,730 solar panels that would generate a combined 79.7 million kWh clean power capacity annually which will be sold to local utility Tohoku Electric Power Co., Inc.

The project to be spread on around 128 hectares of unused land is expected to come online by the end of December 2021.

Recently, Total Solar International announced commencing construction on its third solar plant in the Asian country with 52 MW capacity (see Total Breaks Ground On 52 MW Solar Project In Japan).

A recent report by the Renewable Energy Institute estimates PV generation costs in the country to drop down to between JPY 5.00 to JPY 6.00 per kWh in 2030, from JPY 15.3 per kWh in FY 2018-19 proving the potential this technology has to reach a competitive level without subsidies (see Japan: 2030 PV Generation Cost To Drop To JPY 5 To 6/kWh).